Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Alison Sweeney Covers Shape, E.J. Bonilla On Casting Stereotypes, Kristin Chenoweth's "Jesus" On iTunes

DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Alison Sweeney covers Shape magazine
The mother of two, who guest blogs for PEOPLE, flaunts her fit, 20 pounds-slimmer figure on the cover of Shape magazine's April issue, rocking a teeny blue two-piece.

DAYS star Arianne Zucker gets in charity bidding war with Garrett Morris
"A bidding war developed during the live auction between DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Arianne Zucker, and the ever-hilarious SNL legend Garrett Morris and co-star of the new comedy hit 2 BROKE GIRLS. Each were vying for an in-home personal gourmet cooking lesson and prepared meal by celebrity chef, Kai Chase, who graciously offered to donate her time and skills to both bidders thus doubling financial donation to Drawing Hope."

Former GUIDING LIGHT actor E.J. Bonilla talks about his new short film and working against stereotypes in casting
"There’s this stigma that Hollywood puts on it. I was thinking about this the other day. On 90210, for example, they have the one character who is 'the Token black guy' and what’s interesting is that the character isn’t just rich. The character was adopted into money. So there’s always an excuse as to why they are the way they are. You have the Latin family that’s well off, but it’s because the family use to do drugs or sell drugs. Whatever way they are being portrayed there is a point that they are making by doing that. As opposed to the person just being a regular person that happens to be Latino, they make a point of mentioning that they are black or that they are Hispanic instead of just letting it be."

Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young Team Up for Original THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Song
Young, who's DeGarmo's real life beau, was approached by Y&R to colloborate on the original country track, "Good Goodbye." The Idol alum said he was humbled by the request from the show's award-winning composer David Kurtz. "We're actually very privileged... We thought what better way to show Diana's true talent and her writing talent as well."

DEGRASSI's Judy Jiao: My school couldn’t be any more different than Degrassi.
"My high school was a mid-sized public high school in a very wealthy area of Mississauga with a huge focus on athletics. In comparison, Degrassi had a lot of diversity. It was diverse in terms of being multicultural as well as having students from different socioeconomic backgrounds and upbringings. It was very representative of Canadian multiculturalism."

Growing up, Rebecca Haines-Saah played Kathleen Mead on DEGRASSI JUNIOR HIGH and DEGRASSI HIGH—shows that weren’t afraid to discuss societal taboos. Now a postdoctoral fesearch fellow at UBC’s School of Nursing, Haines-Saah is continuing to raise public awareness, albeit in a different way.

Kristin Chenoweth takes on Carrie Underwood hit
Chenoweth’s version of Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” had people talking after it debuted on ABC’s new GCB. So Warner Music Nashville made it available for purchase on iTunes.

Arm 'belonging to EASTENDERS actress' latest body part found in same canal as her headless torso
The limb was spotted yesterday by a British Waterways employee - two weeks after 29-year-old Gemma McCluskie's mutilated body was recovered close to Hackney's famous Broadway Market, in East London.

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